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Sonya Roy

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Sonya Roy is a Ph.D. student at McGill. She completed her Université de Montréal M.A. thesis, Les règles du jeu de la séduction dans les manuels de savoir-vivre québécois (1863-1917) : investir le monde du sentiment et de l’intimité masculine in 2006. Based on etiquette manuals published in Quebec, her M.A. explored the codes and stakes of male seduction and uncovered important links between seduction and the construction of masculine identity.

Sonya is interested in the history of immigration/deportation, citizenship, social policies, ethno-cultural relations,masculinity, white collars cutlure, and the working class. Her doctoral thesis is on unemployed single men in Montreal during the Depression of 1930s, a particularly difficult period for these men who were broadly excluded from government aid policies. Her study focuses on the values and moral postures that defined these discriminatory policies and examines the assistance procedures instituted by civil authorities, philanthropic organisms, mutual societies, unions and political parties. She analyses the impact of notions of class, ethnicity, gender, citizenship and age on the organization and distribution of assistance. Specifically, she looks to highlight the power relations between different social actors and unemployed single men who, in an effort to assert their rights and assure their survival, increasing respond through gestures of conciliation, contestation and resistance.

She is the editor of the Manuel populaire de citoyenneté: réponse au conservatisme canadien (2012)